Radio operators help update regulations (British Columbia)

Distracted driving conviction prompts Delta Amateur Radio Society to lobby provincial gov’t

After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.’s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation.

Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using hand-held microphones while driving in 2014. One was subsequently convicted for distracted driving and fined $100.

Members researched the fines and found that a regulation in the Motor Vehicle Act did, in fact, permit the use of handheld microphones for drivers, but because the regulation was outdated and the pictures in the RoadSafetyBC Guide did not reflect new technology, the judge might have erred in the decision, said the group’s secretary, Chris Scholefield.

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